The Last Bature (pronounced Batuuree) is the story of the last British policeman stationed in the Northern Region of a failing West African state and his attempt to prevent a major disaster.(Available in paperback and all e-book formats)
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African Tales:The writings of K.C. Ryeland
The Last Bature is a Policeman's tale set in Nibana, an imaginary West African state, shortly after gaining independence from the British. What begins as a straightforward investigation by the last British policeman in the Northern Region and an African Inspector, quickly turns to intrigue when the intelligence services of the superpowers vie with each other to secure a breakthrough in weapons technology. Combine this with the machinations of an irrational regional military governor hell-bent on overthrowing his brother, the head of state, and the basis for an exciting story emerges. With the cold war as a backdrop and a second coup imminent, the action moves quickly from the heat of the Omdu Hills, through the stench of the Laguna slums to the waters of the Bight of Laguna, giving the reader an insight into the grubby world of espionage and life in West Africa during the turbulent sixties.